6: YP Perspective – Agility, Flexibility and Looking Ahead

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Founders of DesignLi, Keith Shields and Joshua Tucker, join us for a conversation on agility and flexibility as young professional entrepreneurs and leaders.

Show Notes:

  • What led them to change directions from education to app development
  • Value of strong relationship in launching and leading a business
  • “Fair” is relative – life is what you make of it and everyone adds own individual perspectives and values
  • Importance of constantly improving yourself and learning through failure
  • Challenges of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Evolution and shifts in starting a business
  • Stereotypes around age in the digital industry and working across generations
  • Knowledge and having confidence in your own abilities
  • Consistency, Communication, Continuous Learning, Clarity and Community

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Guest Bios: 

  • Joshua Tucker is a Partner and COO of Designli. Joshua is in charge of delivery and client success, working tirelessly to ensure designers, developers, and project managers deliver amazing products that create happy clients. He has worked on and supervised over 100 projects since cofounding Designli. Prior starting an app development company, Joshua cofounded Applits.com, winner of Inc.com’s Coolest College Startup of 2014. Joshua enjoys photography and fitness when he’s not at work.
  • Keith Shields’ passion lies in creating digital experiences. Luckily, he’s able to do that full-time with Designli – where he helps clients empower digital relationships through the design and implementation of custom mobile software. Outside of work, Keith enjoys fitness, heading up the Ohio State University Alumni Association here in beautiful Greenville, and seeking out the latest and greatest sour beer.
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5: Mentorship in the Modern World

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In this episode of UCYP we discuss how mentorship and mentor relationships are evolving in the modern era. We dive into the benefits, the challenges and the opportunities.

Show Notes:

  • The word “mentor” can sometimes be intimidating
  • It’s important to be open, authentic and coachable
  • Best mentor relationships happen organically
  • Don’t let fear keep you from asking for initial connection
  • Crossover between mentorship and leadership development
  • Benefit of having multiple mentors – different mentors serve in different ways based on expertise, experience and life achievements
  • Importance of setting relationship ground rules
  • It’s ok to disagree with your mentor and make a contrary choice: know yourself, your values, trust your gut and do what’s best for you and your career
  • If you’re not hearing “no”, you’re not doing enough – it’s ok to fail
  • How to open the door for a mentor to become a coach as you grow
  • Value of peer-to-peer mentor relationships
  • Think of your mentors as an “career board of directors” and evaluate diversity in terms of age, sex, experience, race, etc.
  • Remember that there is incredible diversity within generations
  • Intentional communication to close the gap between + within generations
  • Reverse mentorship / “mentoring up”
  • Coaching vs. consulting and being willing to say you don’t know the answer
  • Coaching is all about asking powerful questions
  • Advice Jamie and Lindsey would offer to generations coming up:
    • “Life shrinks or expands in preportion to your courage”
    • “Take time to figure out who you are and magical things happen”

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Guest Bios:

  • Lindsey McMillion Stemann – Principal of McMillion Consulting, is a business consultant, speaker, writer, and trainer. She has worked with thousands of professionals and organizations on how to use LinkedIn as a business tool to drive revenue. After living in the Washington DC-Metro Area, she moved to Greenville in 2011 and is proud to be closer to her Clemson Tiger Alma Mater. She is co-leading a Navy SEAL initiative in Greenville through The Honor Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit. She is also a Leadership Greenville Class 42 graduate and is Curriculum Co-Chair of Leadership Greenville Class 43 and the incoming Class 44.
  • Jamie Patterson – As the Director of Career Services and Student Experience for the Clemson MBA Program, Jamie Patterson focuses on the entire student experience including career services and professional development opportunities.  She runs the internship program for the MBA and teaches courses on Career Development and Business Communication. As a passionate career coach, Jamie takes great joy in watching the Clemson MBA students succeed, while also by helping her corporate connections find exceptional talent for their organizations. Jamie is the 2011 recipient of the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Staff Excellence. Jamie is an active member of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, Greenville Society of Human Resource Management, South Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Alzheimer’s Association Advocate Network.  She is a mentor for the Greenville Chamber’s Pacesetters Program and will complete Leadership Greenville in 2018.

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4: Bridging the Generational Gap – Vulnerability, Inclusion + Bias

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In this episode of UCYP we have an insightful conversation with two young professionals on bridging the gap across generations in the workplace.
Show Notes:
  • Millennials value self-expression and individuality
  • How YPs can create better self-awareness
  • Best practices for authentic connection with diverse people
  • Equity as central to leading across generations
  • Difference between equality and equity
  • Collaboration and intentional inclusion must be front of mind when leading and working across generations
  • Importance of always reaching back to generations coming behind
  • Collaboration is the mutual admission of weakness as well as the willingness and openness to learn from others
  • Celebrate our differences and use it to our advantage
  • Leaders must create environments where it’s ok to ask for help
  • Unconscious Bias: uncovering and navigating our own biases and working with others’ biases
  • Grace and patience is vital to working well with others
  • How we frame our questions and word choice greatly impacts our work
  • OK to stop, backtrack and ensure understanding
  • Comfort of being with likeminded people vs. engaging with those who think differently than you
  • Society’s generalizations and stereotypes can lead to us to resist connecting across generations
  • Let’s celebrate and not just tolerate our differences
  • Just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s good or bad
  • Start by accepting and celebrating your whole self
  • Storytelling and sharing in the universal human experience
Guests:
  • Jed Dews – Jed Dews is the Associate Executive Director of Pendleton Place, a nonprofit agency dedicated to keeping children safe and supporting families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention. Jed provides strategic support for day to day administration and operations of the organization’s innovative child and family services as well as oversight for its quality improvement and technology initiatives. Before discovering his passion for nonprofit child welfare, Jed worked as a high school language arts teacher, a project manager for prominent e-learning companies, and a freelance consultant for nonprofit accreditation seekers and foster care reform advocates. Jed relocated to Greenville in 2012 and fell in love with the Upstate community. He serves as an appointed Commissioner for the Greenville County Human Relations Commission, a leader of the performance excellence community for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the Vice-Chair of Pulse Young Professionals, and a member of the Council on Accreditation’s working committee for data and technology standards. Jed provided strategic leadership of public-private partnerships as part of the recent Keeping Kids in Families campaign for federal child welfare finance reform. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and organizational leadership with graduate certifications in child advocacy, project management, and IT administration.
  • Jessica Sharp – Jessica Sharp is the Interim Diversity Manager for Greenville Health System. In this role she works to implement a strategic plan that enhances the quality of services to Greenville Health System patients, improves the work life for system employees and enhances the learning environment within USC School of Medicine Greenville. Before working at GHS, she served as the Teen Achievers and Youth in Government State Program Director for the YMCA of Greenville.Jessica is dedicated to advancing the rights of our community’s women and youth. After earning a marketing degree from the University of South Carolina, she pursued her passion through Teach for America—an organization that places recent graduates in classrooms in underserved communities.
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3: Ashley Brown – YP Perspective on Entrepreneurship

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In Episode 3 of UCYP, we have an Uphill Conversation with Greenville, SC young professional Ashley Brown on the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

Show Notes:

  • Started out in Asheville post-college and had hard time finding a job
  • Phenomenon of accidental entrepreneurship
  • Greater awareness of perceived weaknesses and turning them to your advantage
  • Challenges of being a young professional entrepreneur
  • Importance of building a strong inner circle
  • Desire for challenges to solve and solve quickly – pressure as privilege
  • Taking risks to realize a dream, taking an idea into action
  • Don’t overlook incredible amount of work that comes with launching a business
  • Uphill Challenge in Ashley’s life has been shifting her personal priorities to align with her role as a business owner
  • Sometimes you need to let go of relationships you’ve outgrown
  • When you make decisions, you never know who’s watching
  • Inspiration for starting GirlBossGreenville and its purpose
  • Magic of bringing women together to share stories and support one another
  • Don’t let your age, specifically your youth, be your barrier
  • Ashley shares advice she’d give to YPs starting out
  • Importance of making true connections and being present with others

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About Ashley:

26 year old Greenville native Ashley Brown is founder of #GirlBossGreenville and owner of Ashley Brown Strategy. “I knew that I owed it to myself to at least try, “ She says in referring to the decision to go full-time into entrepreneurship. In the past year she has launched 2 LLC’s, 1 not for profit women’s group (GirlBossGreenville) and is launching her third business in July. Her favorite part of owning a business in Greenville has been onboarding her five employees and watching them grow.

When Ashley isn’t working, she’s in the mountains or splashing in a stream. She’s happiest in the sunshine reading an old paperback novel and eating mac and cheese coated with Franks Hot Sauce.

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2: YP Perspective Part 2 – We’re Not Millennials, We’re Individuals

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In Part 2 of our first UCYP interview with three diverse Upstate South Carolina young professionals (YPs), we continue our discussion on overcoming stereotypes and changing the conversation around millennials in the workplace.

Show Notes: 

  • Vision and purpose should impact your decision making
  • People building vs. empire building
  • How can millennials change the narrative and stereotypes out there
  • Lean into your fears and take risks; be bold enough to ask questions
  • Lead by example and bring others along with you (mentorship)
  • Even if your not the boss, anyone can lead from where they are
  • YPs work ethic, strong values, high integrity and determination can be overlooked when people make erroneous assumptions
  • Importance of seeking to understand the differences within and across generations
  • Recommendations for other YPs: Ask questions, love one another, treat others with respect, have transparency and give grace/presume good intentions
  • Knowing your aspirations is important in working towards your goals
  • Leadership is influence

Guests:

  • Ramon Lugo-Nieves: As Principal of UniComm Media Group, Ramón provides the branding, strategic and marketing expertise to harness the power of a multicultural approach for his clients. Operating the first full-service Hispanic marketing, advertising and event management firm in South Carolina, Ramón is a recognized authority on multicultural marketing and brand communication. A Puerto Rican native, Ramón understands the importance of knowing the different cultures represented in our region and how effectively build strong and meaningful relationships to elevate brands. Learn more and connect with Ramon on LinkedIn
  • Timicia Grant: Timicia is the current AmeriCorps VISTA for Rebuild Upstate. During this year of service she is focused on building capacity for the organization through agency partnerships, volunteer recruitment as well as volunteer training. Originally born in Brooklyn, NY she’s been a Greenville resident for the last 15 years. Timicia graduated from Greenville Technical College with honors, with an associate’s degree in Human Services. Her passion is to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for young professionals of Greenville, as well as advocate for those Greenville residents that are marginalized such as the homeless and low income family population. Learn more and connect with Timicia on LinkedIn.
  • Jordan Trolinger: Jordan has been a Greenville native since graduating from Samford University in 2012 and is currently the Director of Creative Services for the Southern Conference. In this role, Jordan leads the league’s marketing and branding efforts, including graphic design, event management and digital strategy. She’s been a Pulse member for two years now and thoroughly enjoys her role as Co-Marketing Chair. Learn more and connect with Jordan on LinkedIn. 
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1: YP Perspective – We’re Not Millennials, We’re Individuals

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In our very first UCYP podcast, we are joined by three Upstate young professionals (YPs) who all offer very diverse and valuable insights on the generation currently rising in the workplace.

Show Notes:

  • What drives each of these YPs in their personal and professional lives
  • How culture and environment affect the workplace
  • YP’s desire for purpose and meaning in their work
  • How social media can distort reality and perception of our own accomplishments
  • Using other’s success as a way to push us to do more
  • Importance of receiving and embracing honest, direct feedback
  • Value YPs can gain from having strong mentors
  • Enhancing our culture through strategic work and embracing our differences
  • Staying motivated through aligning passion and purpose and by having a growth mindset

Guests:

  • Ramon Lugo-Nieves: As Principal of UniComm Media Group, Ramón provides the branding, strategic and marketing expertise to harness the power of a multicultural approach for his clients. Operating the first full-service Hispanic marketing, advertising and event management firm in South Carolina, Ramón is a recognized authority on multicultural marketing and brand communication. A Puerto Rican native, Ramón understands the importance of knowing the different cultures represented in our region and how effectively build strong and meaningful relationships to elevate brands. Learn more and connect with Ramon on LinkedIn
  • Timicia Grant: Timicia is the current AmeriCorps VISTA for Rebuild Upstate. During this year of service she is focused on building capacity for the organization through agency partnerships, volunteer recruitment as well as volunteer training. Originally born in Brooklyn, NY she’s been a Greenville resident for the last 15 years. Timicia graduated from Greenville Technical College with honors, with an associate’s degree in Human Services. Her passion is to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for young professionals of Greenville, as well as advocate for those Greenville residents that are marginalized such as the homeless and low income family population. Learn more and connect with Timicia on LinkedIn.
  • Jordan Trolinger: Jordan has been a Greenville native since graduating from Samford University in 2012 and is currently the Director of Creative Services for the Southern Conference. In this role, Jordan leads the league’s marketing and branding efforts, including graphic design, event management and digital strategy. She’s been a Pulse member for two years now and thoroughly enjoys her role as Co-Marketing Chair. Learn more and connect with Jordan on LinkedIn. 
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